Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Announcing Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

I’m sure most of you reading this blog are fully aware that we’re now firmly in the vortex of that juggernaut known as Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (#oow13). As is always the case, news of new products and services from Oracle and its partners is coming fast and furious. It’s enough to make your head spin! Forgive me for piling on, but during his Tuesday afternoon keynote address, Thomas Kurian announced several new additions to the Oracle Cloud service portfolio including Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS), Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Oracle DBaaS and Java as a Service are significant new services because for the first time, customers will have full administrative control over the Oracle Database and WebLogic Server in Oracle’s public cloud. Both services will also be offered with managed services options, making it easier than ever to develop and deploy applications in the cloud. The new IaaS offers an elastic compute service that's compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs and elastic block storage for deploying your apps. Also being offered is a new object storage service that's compatible with OpenStack Swift for access to digital content over Java and REST APIs. Each of the new services are now in preview and like other Oracle Cloud services, will be subscription based.

For more details about the new Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service, read the press release or go to www.oracle.com/cloud.

Announcing the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Among the many announcements being made at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, one that really caught my attention was about the new Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Cloud Marketplace provides a place for Oracle Cloud customers to easily browse, evaluate and buy trusted business applications developed by registered Oracle partners. These applications extend the Oracle Cloud and cover a broad range of functions from basic reporting and user management, to more robust solutions such as sale incentives and compensation management, governance and risk management, customer lead creation, and sales reporting. The Cloud Marketplace is designed to help customers easily find applications that meet their needs with the ability to search by keyword or category and sort by name, rating, or date. Each application listing provides detailed information including a description of the application, demos, ratings and reviews, videos and screenshots.

Oracle partners who publish their applications on the Cloud Marketplace also benefit by gaining visibility for their solutions and easy access to a larger market of potential customers. Benefits for becoming a Publisher on the Cloud Marketplace include:

  • SAVE TIME & MONEY - Develop cloud applications quickly and easily. No commissions.
  • EXTEND & INTEGRATE - Leverage native integration with the Oracle Cloud SaaS applications.
  • INNOVATE - Leverage Oracle Cloud PaaS to build new applications in the cloud.
  • GROW YOUR BUSINESS - Sell applications into the Oracle Cloud customer base.

Find out what the Oracle Cloud Marketplace has to offer by visiting cloud.oracle.com/marketplace. Read the press release and click here to see an overview video of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Empower Modern Business in the Cloud at Oracle Open World 2013

SaaS. Software as a service. Cloud applications. What do they mean to you?  What do they mean to your business?
Not all clouds are created equal and it is important to know what your cloud provider has to offer and what cloud capabilities you need.   Will it be able to support your business needs?


As a line of business executive, here are a few key things to remember:


1)    To empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-    A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and align with the overall business strategy?


2)    Business managers require anytime, anywhere access
-    In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone that enables new levels of interconnectivity and real time access for business, your brand and responding to the pulse of your customers.


3)     Where your data is located and who has access to it may surprise you.
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.
- It is important to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere to.  Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base.

Want to know more about Oracle’s Strategy for SaaS in the cloud? Be sure to check out these sessions:

 General Session 9549: Oracle Fusion Applications—Overview, Strategy, and Roadmap
Christopher Leone, Oracle    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM, Monday  September 23rd,  Moscone West - 2006/2008      

General Session 9540: Empowering Modern Business in the Cloud
Steven Miranda, Oracle    3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Tuesday,September 24th , Moscone West - 2006/2008     

CON 9558: Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Cloud
Mervyn Lally, Land O Lakes Inc.
Krishnan Rajan, Oracle    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM, Wednesday, September 25th,  Moscone West - 3022   

For More Information on Oracle Cloud Sessions at Open World, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday Jul 26, 2013

Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud

Recently we posted a three part series on the new Dynamic Markets Research report- Cloud for Business Managers: Opportunities and Challenges. We introduced some key considerations for organizations who are moving their applications to a SaaS based environment. For those of you who still have questions or are looking for additional insights this is for you…

Everyone talks about the benefits of cloud but who really achieves them?   Where do you start? What should you look for?
Let’s take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization.

1)    To Empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-     A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and  align with the overall business strategy?



-     Get a complete and holistic view of your business
-     Roll out solutions faster without reliance on IT and  allow your business to focus on innovation


2)    Business Managers Require anytime, anywhere access
- In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone  that enables new levels of inter-connectivity and real time access for business, its brand and the pulse of its customers.



-Social and mobile anytime access is critical for organizations to transform how employees, and customers share and use information


3) Where your data is and who has access to it may surprise you
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.


- Avoiding information siloes is also important when it comes to security. Customers want to be assured that their information is safe and protected when they do business with you. It is difficult to keep track of compliance with each department running their applications with a different cloud provider, with different processes and controls.
-It is critical to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere too. Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base

So you get the picture. In order to drive orderly innovation for your business and excel in the marketplace, you’ll need to consider a complete, modern, flexible and secure cloud that is ready to move when you are.


Check out this new infographic and read the full Dynamic Markets Research Report, commissioned by Oracle.

For More Information:
 Infographic here
Survey Report here

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Oracle Cloud. Engineered for Heroes...at Cloud Expo East

Even though it's been a few weeks since Cloud Expo East in New York City, I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of the Oracle Cloud/Iron Man 3 advertising that we ran at the event. It was pretty cool seeing those big digital ads in front of the Javits Center and the courtesy cars driving around Manhattan. Definitely eye-catching. Enjoy!

Learn more about what makes Oracle Cloud engineered for heroes at oracle.com/ironman3.

Javits Center Digital Billboard

Oracle Courtesy Cars

By the way...yes, those cars are hybrids!

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #3: Where Your Data Is, and Who Has Access to It Might Surprise You

Written by: David Krauss


While data security and operational risk conversations usually happen around the desk of a CCO/CSO (chief compliance and/or security officer), or perhaps the CFO, since business managers are now selecting cloud providers, they need to be able to at least ask some high-level questions on the topic of risk and compliance.  While the report found that 76% of adopters were motivated to adopt cloud apps because of quick access to software, most of these managers found that after they made a purchase decision their access to exciting new capabilities in the cloud could be hindered due to performance and scalability constraints put forth  by their cloud provider.  If you are going to let your business consume their mission critical business applications as a service, then it’s important to understand who is providing those cloud services and what kind of performance you are going to get.  Different types of departments, companies and industries will all have unique requirements so it’s key to take this also into consideration.  


Nothing puts a CEO in a bad mood like a public data breach or finding out the company lost money when customers couldn’t buy a product or service because your cloud service provider had a problem.  With 42% of business managers having seen a data security breach in their department associated directly with the use of cloud applications, this is happening more than you think.  

We’ve talked about the importance of being able to avoid information silos through a unified cloud approach and platform.  This is also important when keeping your data safe and secure, and a key conversation to have with your cloud provider.  Your customers want to know that their information is protected when they do business with you, just like you want your own company information protected.   This is really hard to do when each line of business is running different cloud application services managed by different cloud providers, all with different processes and controls.   It only adds to the complexity, and the more complex, the more risky and the chance that something will go wrong.

What about compliance? Depending on the cloud provider, it can be difficult at best to understand who has access to your data, and were your data is actually stored.  Add to this multiple cloud providers spanning multiple departments and it becomes very problematic when trying to comply with certain industry and country data security regulations.  With 73% of business managers complaining that having cloud data handled externally by one or more cloud vendors makes it hard for their department to be compliant, this is a big time suck for executives and it puts the organization at risk.

Is There A Complete, Integrated, Modern Cloud Out there for Business Executives?
If you are a business manager looking to drive faster innovation for your business and want a cloud application that your CIO would approve of, I would encourage you take a look at Oracle Cloud.  It’s everything you want from a SaaS based application, but without compromising on functionality and other modern capabilities like embedded business intelligence, social relationship management (for your entire business), and advanced mobile.  And because Oracle Cloud is built and managed by Oracle, you can be confident that your cloud application services are enterprise-grade.  Over 25 Million users and 10 thousands companies around the globe rely on Oracle Cloud application services everyday – maybe your business should too.  For more information, visit cloud.oracle.com.


Additional Resources
•    Try it: cloud.oracle.com
•    Learn more: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html
•    Research Report: Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #2

For those in sales, marketing & customer services roles in particular, being able to look at customer data through a consolidated lens is critical to how they see the future. For instance, 50% of those surveyed think data must be easily shared across all channels of communication and across various departments and business units in order to deliver a next-generation customer experience.[Read More]

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Social Data Part 2: Socially Enabled Big Data Analytics and CX Management

This is the second in a series of posts on the value of leveraging social data across your enterprise, from Oracle Social VP Product Development Don Springer

In this post, I will cover more advanced “next” steps in how to leverage social data within your enterprise’s Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Customer Experience Management deployed applications and systems. This is a follow-up to a post I wrote in April around the first step in implementing a Social CRM approach and the value for your enterprise specific social data.

[Read More]

Monday Jun 03, 2013

A Cloudy Webcast on the Horizon for Application Developers

I'm sure many of you who follow this blog have heard a lot about Oracle Cloud and may have even been able to attend one of our recent Oracle CloudWorld events. Chances are that you’ve heard a great deal about Oracle Cloud’s application services (SaaS) and the different lines of business (LOBs) that leverage them.  Let’s not forget that Oracle Cloud also offers platform as a service (PaaS) that enable developers to quickly and easily build new applications or custom extensions to Oracle Cloud’s SaaS applications. Oracle Cloud platform services are based on the world’s leading platform, open standards to prevent lock-in, and offer simple subscription pricing.

In our continuing efforts to spread the word to application developers that are keen to move their projects to the cloud, the Oracle Cloud team will be hosting a webcast series called Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud. These LIVE webcasts will begin with quick overviews of our PaaS offerings, then spend most of the time on hands-on demonstrations of common tasks like building a simple app, loading data, and using the integrated tools. The first of two 2-part webcasts will focus on the Oracle Database Cloud Service and will be particularly interesting to developers familiar with Oracle Application Express. The second 2-part webcast is targeted at Java developers and will focus on the Oracle Java Cloud Service. I've listed the webcast series schedule below.

Each webcast will have LIVE Q&A so you’ll have an opportunity to ask the Oracle Cloud Product Managers any questions you have about these services. 

  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 1 - June 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 2 - June 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Cloud-Based IDE Plug-Ins - June 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Maven - June 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Click here to register for the webcasts today!

    Friday May 31, 2013

    A Cloud Over Mexico

    Guest Author: Gabriela Medina

    In the heart of Mexico City,  the Oracle CloudWorld event reached an audience of more than 1,500 participants. During the event that took place on May 7, Oracle´s Mexican customers and partners received  great news: How to succeed in the competitive landscape of today in which trends like Social Media, Big Data, Mobile and Analytics play a strategic role. The answer is clear:  Cloud technology is the way to go.


    Oracle CloudWorld Mexico offered technical and business information on how Oracle´s Cloud solutions can bring innovation to many sensitive corporate activities: Finance, Operations, Human Capital Management, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service and Support & Application Development.

    For the Mexican audience, Oracle CloudWorld was also a great reminder: Cloud technology is the fastest and most cost-effective option for creating and deploying innovative business solutions -innovation that won´t demand big investments in hardware, software or IT services.

    Oracle CloudWorld Mexico was a great experience for Oracle´s customers and associates. They left the heart of Mexico City with a new vision, recognizing that Cloud technology can have a positive impact in their organizations.

     Oracle CloudWorld came just at the right time. For example: according to AMIPCI (the association of the Mexican Internet industry), 45% of Mexico´s Internet users (45.1 million) have been influenced by Social Media in their purchasing decisions. Now, after attending Oracle CloudWorld, for many Mexican companies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have a very different meaning.

    For More Information on Oracle CloudWorld, please visit: Oracle.com/cloudworld

    Tuesday May 14, 2013

    New Study Finds Business Managers Have Big Expectations (and Big Challenges) in the Cloud

    In the immortal words of Voltaire (and more recently - Spiderman) - "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility." No more is this true than with a line of business executives' new found power over the adoption of innovation and new technology with much thanks to cloud computing.

    Among the great benefits of cloud from the eyes of a business executive is the ability to better influence and often decide what technology an organization selects. With no software and hardware to buy and manage, the business manager can easily subscribe to a new cloud application service and be up and running in no time. This is in stark contrast to the typical wait time of months or even years for a large software implementation. Accelerating the speed of adoption empowers the manager to select a new technology that will help their particular line of business with very little input from the IT organization. And because upfront costs are lower and categorized as an operational expense, the approval process is typically much easier. Get it fast, without the hassle - what could go wrong, right?

    With the business manager’s new found power from the cloud comes the added responsibility to not only ensure an application service addresses the immediate business challenges or opportunity, but that it also contains certain characteristics in terms of how the application service is built and delivered. Otherwise, the promised benefits of having greater business agility and fast access to innovation and data, which makes cloud so attractive to executives in the first place, quickly starts to erode.

    Let me explain.

    In a new independent market research report commissioned by Oracle and entitled "Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", almost 1500 business managers from around the globe and representing companies with revenues over £50 million were asked about their take on the cloud. What makes this study so unique is that it looks at cloud computing through the lens of the business manager and executive. Respondent titles included vice presidents of sales, heads of human resources, CFOs, risk officers, etc. rather than the typical sample of IT professionals. Now that the business manager has a bigger voice when it comes to technology, it only makes sense to hear what they have to say.

    Read the global Press Release announcing the survey Here.

    Stay tuned for part two and three of this blog that dives deeper into “Cloud Facts for Business Managers” and other interesting findings from the survey.

    Additional Resources

    cloud.oracle.com

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    www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html

     


     

    Monday Mar 25, 2013

    What Are Your Sales People Doing On The Road?

    When your sales team is in and around the office you’re working to make sure that your people are tracking to goal, focused on the right opportunities, and closing deals. It’s your job. It’s their job. It’s sales.

    For sales reps—especially sales reps who are on the road and in front of customers—every minute counts. But a mobility gap in some Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems may create behaviors that diminish the impact of your investments at the most critical point of a sales process.

    [Read More]

    Tuesday Mar 12, 2013

    Transform your HR organization with Oracle's Cloud

    People are your best asset. How would you rate your HR organization? Learn how Oracle’s Cloud helped these customers take HR to a whole new level. Check out the video.

     Want more on Oracle Cloud? Check out a CloudWorld event near you. For more information, click here.

    Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

    Reap the Benefits of Database Cloud Services - Watch the Webcast Replay

    Last week, Rick Greenwald, product manager for the Oracle Database Cloud Service, presented a live webcast called "Reap the Benefits of Database Cloud Services".

    If you want to learn how the Oracle Database Cloud Service enables fast and easy development and deployment of business applications by extending the power of Oracle Database to the public cloud, watch a replay of the webcast which is now available on-demand.

    After viewing the webcast, don't forget to sign up for a 30-day Free Trial of the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

    Friday Feb 15, 2013

    HCM Innovation In The Cloud (Part 2)

    When it comes to the cloud, it can be hard to cut through the swarm of buzz words. Everything starts to sound the same. Here are some important considerations to include in your assessment:
    • How secure will your data be and will it be handled by different vendors?
    • Will you be forced to comply with the vendor’s standard or will you have the flexibility to personalize your application--without complex coding?
    • Can the system grow and evolve with your business?
    • Can you move to the cloud at your pace or is your only option to rip and replace?
    • Do you have the option to choose between a public and private cloud?

    By asking these questions, you can ensure that your cloud solution addresses both the complexity concerns HR leaders often have and the security and data privacy worries of IT.

    At Oracle, we like to say that we support our customers from concrete to the cloud—from the data center to the database to middleware and the application itself. This approach means greater data security for our customers, greater speed for end users and greater ease of use for both developers and business users. Our platform services are built on industry standards, not proprietary code, and are run transparently in the cloud. We also offer other services in the cloud so should your company wish to expand your business suite or if you already run Oracle cloud applications, you won’t have to worry about complex integrations. Plus, in our cloud, your data is controlled by a single vendor: Oracle. Unlike other HCM cloud vendors who work with a variety of contractors, Oracle owns its data centers. The company has spent over $1 billion dollars in recent years building out these gen 4 data centers and we offer global coverage and 24/7 active monitoring and support. And if you prefer not to enter the public cloud at all, we can deploy a private cloud just for your company.

    No two companies are alike and your HCM solution should reflect that. The problem is that many of them don’t, particularly when it comes to cloud-based solutions. Whether it comes to deployment, configuration and system upgrades, we’ve designed our solution so you’re not backed into a corner.

    If you’ve decided that your company is ready for the cloud but you still want to leverage an on-premise solution or if you want to try the cloud in a certain region before rolling out globally, we can easily support you. You can move to the cloud incrementally and add new modules or regions as needed, all while co-existing with your existing solutions. This is a drastic contrast to other cloud solutions, which require an all or nothing approach.

    The flexibility continues post-deployment. We understand that you may want to tailor your system processes to meet your company’s needs and that you may want to adjust the look, feel and behavior of different screens. We’ve made this easy for the HR user to do—no developers needed. In addition to screen configuration, you can add new fields, run custom reports, modify standard reports and create new process flows.

    Finally, as we mentioned, you have the choice to deploy your solution in a public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid cloud that marries modules from both. This way you can have the level of control over your data and your upgrade path that works best for your company.

    Oracle’s HCM cloud solutions are trusted by thousands of global companies. And our on-premise HCM solutions and other cloud solutions are trusted by thousands more. But size is not the main point here: it’s experience. The variety of organizations we’ve worked with—the different industries, the different global considerations and the different business models—has given us deep knowledge of how to overcome challenges and implement best practices. Have a thorny challenge? Tell us and there’s a good chance that we’ve dealt with it and have the blueprint to get you over the hump successfully.

    Business changes and technology needs to keep pace. We get that and are constantly working to improve and develop our solutions based on industry shifts, technological advancements and feedback from our customers. Over the past two years alone, we’ve come out with 13 Oracle HCM cloud releases. We operate on a regular schedule of continued innovation and pride ourselves on providing real value with each new release, not simply coming out with minor features and fixes.

    At the end of the day, Oracle’s objective is to make our customers successful. With technological advances and a greater understanding of HR’s value by the C-suite, it’s HR’s time to shine. By attracting, developing and retaining the best talent and making strategic workforce planning decisions, you can help your company get--and stay ahead--of the competition. Whether you’re looking to start with some basic improvements or you’re ready for a complete transformation, we are here with the tools, the guidance and the support to help you achieve your objectives.

    For more information on Oracle’s HCM Cloud Solutions, visit http://cloud.oracle.com

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